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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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9,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,744
Reviews: 3,351
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 298
Gots: 1,262 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of goldbot
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated (as far as I can tell) 12 oz bottle. Purchased in December 2009.

Pours a thick, deep brown to black with thin nutty brown head. The head is retained pretty well, with a small amount of lacing.

This surprised me at first with a very earthy, floral aroma. This was followed quickly with some dark chocolate and loads of fruit scents. Some nice roasted coffee as well. Overall a very complex nose on this one.

Taste was lots of roast coffee, balanced by a nice dry bitterness, from hops I suppose. More dark chocolate. There is not so much fruit as there was in the smell. Finishes dry with some more bitterness. As the beer warms, the alcohol heat becomes more prevalent in the finish.

The feel is thick and creamy. Medium to full body, with some nice crispness from the carbonation.

goldbot, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +16.3%

quine, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of brewtus
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on nitro a few days ago. You can read all the other reviews about how solid this beer is but if you have a chane to drink this nitro, do it. To think that such a thick beer could be so velvety and smooth. This stout is a benchmark for stouts and fortunately available all the time but its really perfect for nitro.

brewtus, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BitteBier
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on the ruby fringes (visible only with the lamp turned up to max), this seems to be a clear beer. That being said, this one is black enough to appear opaque. Topped off with a finger's worth of chocolate milk-like froth that reduces quickly to a thin but persistent and clingy layer of bronzy beige. Despite the ominous darkness, the smell is remarkably complex and pleasant. Roasted notes are lighter than expected and complemented very nicely by the scent of milk chocolate. Some bitterness up front followed by a creamy mouthfeel that succumbs again to the bitterness. A blast of alcohol warmth shows up and fades very slowly. As mentioned above, the mouthfeel is creamy, but it also maintains an astringency rather than the clingy fullness one might expect or desire from a potent stout. Roasted grains and chocolate are there as well, but again are balanced nicely by the assertive hops. This is more complex than I anticipated and is a nice change of pace among stouts.

BitteBier, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of vbiliyar
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

fisherbray, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of diverite
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

diverite, Aug 16, 2012
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Matthewpakula
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Matthewpakula, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of artemh
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

artemh, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of d5001986
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

d5001986, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TwoTrees
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

NappyB, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of MikeDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MikeDAdams, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a b/w picture of the mad monk.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a light brown whisp of a head. Lacing, is however, very nice.
Smell is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee (boy oh boy is it coffee).
Very smooth, espresso, chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of alcohol.
This beer is quite deceptive. At 9% abv, I would expect to taste more of the alcohol that is present. Nevertheless, the folks at North Coast have done a fantastic job hiding the alcohol. This makes the beer sneaky, perhaps not unlike the monk himself.
This is a great beer, will definitely be added to my list of favorites (especially since it's now available in FL...yay!)

LuckySevens82, May 16, 2004
Photo of GinsuDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

GinsuDave, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Gus_13
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gus_13, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

KWMiles, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bca115, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Flashyspoons, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Liberatiscioli, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of hmmmbeer10
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 03, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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